Lake Rotoiti (Tasman)

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Lake Rotoiti
Jetty on West Bay of Lake Rotoiti.jpg
Lake Rotoiti towards Mount Robert and St Arnaud Range
Location Nelson Lakes National Park, Tasman Region, South Island
Coordinates 41°49′28″S 172°50′17″E / 41.8245°S 172.8381°E / -41.8245; 172.8381Coordinates: 41°49′28″S 172°50′17″E / 41.8245°S 172.8381°E / -41.8245; 172.8381
Primary inflows Travers River
Primary outflows Buller River
Basin countries New Zealand
Max. depth 82 m (269 ft)
Settlements Saint Arnaud

Lake Rotoiti, previously also known as Lake Arthur, is a lake in the Tasman Region of New Zealand.[1] It is a substantial mountain lake within the borders of Nelson Lakes National Park. The lake is fed by the Travers River, water from the lake flows into the Buller River. The lake is surrounded by Beech forest and is 82 metres deep. Saint Arnaud is a small community at the northern end of the lake.

The first European to see the lake was John Sylvanus Cotterell on 18 January 1843. Thomas Brunner and Charles Heaphy reached the lake in November 1843, and Heaphy named it Lake Arthur after Captain Arthur Wakefield, but the Māori name remained.[2]

Tramping tracks circle the lake, including the Lakehead track on the east side and the Lakeside track on the west side. There is a water taxi service that travels the length of the lake ferrying trampers to and from the Coldwater and Lakehead huts at the head of the lake. Rotoiti is also a popular place for waterskiing and is adjacent to Mt Robert, which hosted a small club-owned skifield, until it was removed by DOC in 2005.

The lake has introduced trout which attract recreational fishermen.

Panoramic view of the northern end of Lake Rotoiti and the Saint Arnaud Range from Robert Ridge


  1. ^ "Place name detail: Lake Rotoiti". New Zealand Gazetteer. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  2. ^ Reed, A. W. (2010). Peter Dowling, ed. Place Names of New Zealand. Rosedale, North Shore: Raupo. p. 352. ISBN 9780143204107.